Interface design challenge: How do you present the same information to everyone, yet make sure parts of it are hidden to a select subgroup of viewers? The ANAR Foundation operates a helpline for children facing aggression and maltreatment. Minors at risk can call the number 116 111, which ANAR wanted to advertise and spread the […]
In the User-centered design workshop I teach at the Fraunhofer Institute, I often tell my students: “Understand the problem first, understand the user and context, design the right interface and interaction for it, and only then think about technology. In particular, resist the temptation to use a mobile phone. Mobile phones are great, but they […]
Imagine you are flying a plane in a moonless night, in the clouds, and there’s turbulence. The laws of physics and the deficiencies of human perception conspire against you. Thankfully, UI design can make your job easier — this is how.
As the old adage goes, when the only tool you have is a hammer, then every problem will look like a nail. Smartphones — and apps — have become so pervasive that they are becoming that proverbial hammer.
Very good read about touch-interaction misconceptions, via UXmatters.
CT Lab has an interesting read on the failure of complex systems. Complex systems are portrayed as running in a degraded mode, due to the inevitable flaws present in them. The humans using them are at the same time users, defenders, and gamblers — taking decisions in the face of uncertainty. Worth reading.